Talk Like Pirate Drake

Anthony Mink |

With Pirate Drake coming back this summer, we wanted to have a little fun and give you some vocab lessons from "El Draque" himself. 

Truth be told, pirates didn't actually speak any different than the regular navy, but they did have some "pirate slang" to keep things interesting. Here are some of our favorite. 

Ahoy - A pirate greeting, or a shout to attract an attention. Something like "Hello!" or "Yo!".

Arrr, Arrgh, Yarr, Gar - A common pirate terms, which are used in different situations.

Avast - An order to stop and pay attention.

Aye - "Yes"

Aye aye - Conformation, taking order from the captain.

Belay - Usually means to tie something down but pirates used it to prevent someone to do something.

Booty – The treasures and other values plundered from the victim ships.

Bucko - A friend.

Davy Jones's Locker - A graveyard for people killed or drowned at the sea.

Dead men tell no tales - Means that a dead man cannot reveal any secret or fact. It was the reason why the pirates didn't like to spare any survivors.

I'll Crush Ye Barnacles - A common pirate's treat.

Jolly Roger - The well-known pirate flags, usually represented with symbols of a skull and the crossbones. The most recognized symbol of the pirates.

Lad - A younger person.

Letters of Marquee - A document issued by a government, which allowed the privateers and the buccaneers to legally attack the ships and the colonies of an enemy nation.

Maroon - To leave prisoners on island or desert coast.

Matey - A companion, a close friend.

Prize - A ship captured by pirates.

Savvy - "Do you understand?"

Sea Rover - A pirate, a pirate ship.

Shiver me timbers - idiom for surprise, shock. Usually used when a ship is hit in combat.

Smartly - To do something quickly.

Sweet trade - Another term for the trade of piracy.

Walk the plank - When someone is forced to walk on a plank, with hands tied behind. Plank is extended over the side of a ship, and victim is usually forced to jump to water and drown. Shown today as main pirates' amusement, although only a few real pirates practiced that.

Weigh anchor - "let's go", "get ready to sail on".

Yo-ho-ho - Salutation, expression of delight.

Pirate Drake goes on sale to the general public on Friday, May 19th and with a limited number of bundles available, it will sell out fast!

If you'd like to board the sea rover and claim Drake for yourself, we highly recommend clicking here and putting your name on the VIP list so you can order a day before the public release. More details coming soon. 

Yo-ho-ho! 🏴‍☠️⚓